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Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
Liana Buchanan commenced as the Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People in April 2016. She also sits as a part-time Commissioner of the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Liana has a background in oversight and system reform for people experiencing disadvantage, with a strong focus on family violence and sexual assault. Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, her roles included the Executive Officer of the Federation of Community Legal Centres, where she led the peak body for Victoria’s 50 community legal centres, and the Director, Office of Correctional Services Review, where she was responsible for monitoring Victoria's corrections system. Liana has also held legal and policy positions with a social justice focus in a number of agencies including the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Office for the Status of Women (SA) and Women’s Legal Service (SA).
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Andrew Jackomos, a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man, served as as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria, from July 2013 until January 2018. The search for a new Commissioner is underway.
Andrew was the Director of the Koori Justice Unit in the Victorian Department of Justice from 2000 to 2014. There, he was responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of three phases of the Victorian Aboriginal Justice Agreement (AJA).
Andrew oversaw the growth of the Koori workforce, and the establishment and growth of the Koori Court network within the Magistrate's, Children's and County jurisdictions. Andrew's prior roles include: National Operations Manager, Aboriginal Hostels Limited; Victorian State Director, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC); Chairperson, Yuroke (Melbourne) Regional Council (ATSIC); Regional Manager for North Queensland and Manager, Policy and Secretariat Unit with the federal Aboriginal Development Commission.
Andrew is a member of the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, the Aboriginal Justice Forum, Aboriginal Children's Forum, and the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum. In 2006 he was awarded the Public Service Medal and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Andrew has also been acknowledged as a Victorian NAIDOC Patron.
Andrew is a state and national Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration.